My 55 gallon FOWLR
tank is nearly ready. Last night I put in 40 lbs of Fiji Pink live sand, and started filling the tank in preparation to fishless cycle it. I do not own a RO
unit, so I have to drive to CVS and fill 5 gallon buckets with RO
water from the Glacier water machine, it's only .25 per gallon which is not too bad. I have never mixed salt water until last night, and I noticed that the salt does not mix readily with the water.
I do not own any automated equipment to help me here, so I have been using my new fish net to stir the water. How long does the water need to sit with the salt in it before it is fully dissolved? I let my second batch of 15 gallons sit overnight.
Also, after pouring the water into the tank, it is quite cloudy, you can barely see to the back of the tank, is this normal?
How long should the tank sit before turning on the filter, heater, etc.?
I also noticed that if I use the 1/2 cup of Instant Ocean per gallon as directed on the package, that I was getting hydrometer readings of 1.026 and higher.